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iHangy evolves and adds earbuds to their already cool iPhone necklace.

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I've written before about the iHangy iPhone necklace and it's been well received everywhere I've worn mine. But the one thing many folks have asked for are integrated earbuds. Those wishes have been addressed.





MatchBook Pro iPhone case encourages you to play with matches, but it's safe!

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When I saw the MatchBook Pro (no, that's not a typo for MacBook Pro) I was intrigued. I don't smoke, but I light candles occasionally so the exposed 'matches' that really function as a kickstand are a neat touch.


The case itself is well made, with a felt lining to protect your iPhone 4 or 4S, and a hard shell exterior. The 'matches' have a rubber tip which helps keep the case stationary when the kickstand is in use.


PrintJinni review for iPhone and iPad

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PrintJinny is an app which will make it possible for you to print just about anything from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device.  The concept seems quite simple but it actually helps to get around a lot of limitations associated with these mobile devices.  More and more people are browsing the internet, looking at photos and even working from their mobile device and if they can’t print from them it is quite an inconvenience. 



Rumor: iPhone 5 in September, 7-inch iPad in August

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As is often the case, DigiTimes is today's source of the latest rumors regarding the iPhone and iPad. The Taiwanese site gets its insider info from Apple suppliers, but its reliability has been variable. Their latest report is that Pegatron will manufacture the iPhone 5, which will appear in September. They also say that Pegatron has a contract to manufacture a 10-inch iPad, which they say will be out in the December quarter. Plus, they're saying that Foxconn will manufacture a 7-inch iPad that will be launched in August.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 5-7

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 10 apps!

And the winners are... (drumroll please):  Richard Cadorette, Jonathan Frank, Marcin Prochnicki, Deborah Hall, Ben Klein, Garty Matt, Jacqueline Keeton, Gale Christian, Wayne Oakes and Michael Cuddy!

 



REVIEW: just-released multimedia player viPlay (and some other ones)

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A new multimedia player, viPlay (AppStore link) has just been released in the AppStore. As there are no reviews of the app at all (not even mentioning dependable ones), I've found it necessary to quickly publish mine. (The detailed feature & evaluation chart of my forthcoming iOS Multimedia bible, as you may have guessed, has been updated with more thorough info on both this and the other new, below reviewed apps).



Cannibal Cookout for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

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Cannibal cookout is a fun cooking based game with a disturbing, yet funny, twist.  Rather than cooking with normal materials like many other cooking apps, you are a cannibal so you cook with other creatures.  The main game play screen has a large pot with boiling water in the middle, fire underneath and some trees and bushes in the background.  To beat each level you need to cook enough of the creatures to satisfy your character.

To cook one of these creatures you simply tap it and drag it into the boiling water where it will sit for a moment before going into your hunger meter to fill you up.  While they are in the boiling water they have sad little voice bubbles which say, “AHHHH” and “OUCH” which while dark still manages to be cute. 



NCsoft releases My Little Hero for iOS!

Looks like one worth taking a look at soon. Anyway, only 99 pennies for a limited time, so might want to grab it now. Check out the YT demo, and/or read on for full PR brief on the newly minted My Little Hero for iOS!



What I played this week - My own game!

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Do you ever consider what iPhone or iPad would be without the App store? Seriously think about it...? iOS is great, sure, but would get boring in a hurry without the awesome apps and games. Games that developers create, slaving for weeks/months over details most of us would consider a form of insanity, to bring us the very best in mobile entertainment for a price under 5 bucks! What if, like in early computer days, we had to write our own apps?! I got a taste of what that might be like. I say a taste, because though I write scripts to do my job, neither coding nor computer graphics are activities I claim to be able to do well. To make a game for iOS, I would need a lot of help. Sketch Nation Studio certainly helped, but the result is well, laughable in my case!



REVIEW & TIPS: At last an automatic(!) Skype call recorder!

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UPDATE (07/13/2012):  1. the new version stores its recordings in the standard Documents directory of the stock Skype app.

2. I've posted a lot of information on the Bluetooth compliance of the recorder HERE. The article also shows how you can make the in/output file pairs into stereo files with separate left/right channels keeping the in/out (or out/in) streams.

3. Unfortunately, in the last two months, there has still no been a bugifx for the iPad version of Skype.



Everything iPhone - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

The iPhone has become a benchmark for all other smartphones to compete with.  Reviews on the cases, accessories, apps, wallpapers and more are located below.  Here are a couple of Articles that showcase what we have to offer.  For eaxample, iPhone 4S by Alex Cequea (iPhone Life Magazine Editor in Chief).

In that article, Alex says that the iPhone 4S has the exact same physical form factor as the iPhone 4. However, the insides are a whole different story, and Apple tried to make that very clear. The most notable improvements are the 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, the A5 dual-core processor (same as the iPad 2), and an improved battery life (8 hours of 3G talk time, 200 hours of standby). As far as the capabilities, the new Siri Assistant feature was the highlight of the show. The Siri Assistant recognizes natural language and can answer questions such as, "What's the temperature out today?" Combined with the phone's GPS, you can say something like, "Remind me to call my wife when I get to work." The Assistant will not only know who your "wife" is, it'll also know where "work" is and pop up a reminder to "call Marcy" when you get there."

Here's another great article, The Best iPhone 4 Cases. This article goes on to explain that like its iPhone predecessors, cases have become one of the most popular ways to accessorize your cell phone. Most cell phone consumers buy a case bundled with their new phone to protect it from day one. And who can blame them? Mobile devices have become hugely valuable and expensive items; you want to protect them the best way you can. There are literally hundreds of cases on the market. Let's examine the different options available on the market to help you choose the one that's right for you.


What to know how to create your own app?  "The first step in creating an app is to understand what you want to create and how you will measure its success. Make sure the idea is well vetted and there is a solid business case behind it. There are roughly 600 new apps submitted to Apple each day—what is going to differentiate your app from the thousands that are already available and being launched each week? Here are some questions you’ll want to ask when getting your app idea..."

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